Brutal winter weather and the forced air that comes from central heating systems can result in hair looking lifeless and dull. To help combat the wintertime effects, make sure you’re shampooing your hair with a product that is rich in linseed oil, safflower oil, Vitamin E and other natural moisturizers. Avoid any products that contain lanolin or silicone. After shampooing, rinse hair in cool water to seal the cuticle and protect it from frizzing when you blow dry later.
When you step out of the shower, pat hair dry with a towel rather than rubbing at it vigorously. If your blow dryer has a cold air blast on it, be sure to use that to help seal the cuticle. Here are some additional home remedies you can try to infuse your hair with new life.
- To turn dull, dry hair into silky and shiny tresses, use a shampoo that is rich in vitamin E and other natural moisturizers. Avoid hair-care products that contain lanolin or silicone, as these ingredients tend to dry hair quickly. If you use a hair dryer, keep the setting cool, since hot air can scorch your hair (and your scalp).
- Beer is a terrific quick fix for dull, dry hair. But we’re not talking about drinking it! Instead, pour it right on your head! The protein in beer helps repair damaged hair cuticles, which makes your hair shiny and smooth. Lather your hair with a bottle of dark beer or stout, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with cold water to add shine and eliminate any residual beer smell.
- Baking soda is a simple ingredient to cook up some lovely locks. When hair-care products build up and leave your hair dull and dry, remove the chemicals with baking soda. Combine a quarter cup of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda to form a thin paste. Spread the baking soda and water mixture on wet hair, using a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly onto your hair and scalp, and let it sit for a few moments. Rinse out the paste, shampoo your hair, and you’ll see a healthy shine. No time for pasting and combing? Simply mix in your hand a tablespoon of baking soda with a dollop of your everyday shampoo for a quick hair boost.
- Eggs not only rid your hair of any buildup, they also leave hair silky and shiny. Whip one egg in warm water (not too hot – you don’t want to cook the egg!) and lather the mixture into your hair. Rinse with cool water and style hair as usual. For especially dry or dull hair, mix three eggs with two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of vinegar. Spread over hair and let sit for a half hour, then rinse, shampoo, condition, and shine!
- The combination of coconut oil and avocado gives dull, dry hair new luster and life. The rich oils and nutrients in this homemade mask also help protect your hair from overexposure to the sun. Mash one avocado in a tablespoon of coconut oil, and then rub into hair. (A little extra avocado on the ends will help repair damage.) Let sit for 15 minutes, rinse with cool water, then shampoo, condition, and style.
- To give your dull, dry hair a treatment that smells as fresh as a garden herb, mix a teaspoon of jojoba oil with three drops of essential rosemary oil. (You can find these products in many health-food stores.) Massage into hair and rinse with cool water.
Some Other Tips for Dry Dull Hair
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rinsing hair with apple-cider vinegar is a great way to reduce product build-up near the scalp and along the hair shaft. It’s acidic nature removes any traces of product residue without causing further damage.
How To Use
Douse hair in apple-cider while in the shower and rinse with cool water. After wards, apply a deep-conditioning treatment. The hair will take better to deep conditioning now that it is clean and fresh.
Baking soda is another effective way of removing all product build-up from your hair by removing chemicals and washing away water impurities.
How To Use
Mix ¼ cup water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda until you have a thin paste. In the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and use a wide-toothed comb to spread it through. Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual. Another option is to just add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your normal shampoo treatment, lather them together and wash as usual.
Coconut Oil And Avocado
Coconut oil with avocado is great for restoring luster to dry hair and eliminating flaking. It also protects the hair from harmful UV rays caused by exposure to the sun.
How To Use
Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 1 mashed avocado. Place coconut oil by itself in the microwave for 10 seconds, then massage into hair from roots to ends. Take the mashed avocado and apply it to the ends of hair only. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with cool water and then shampoo as usual.